Burglary Suspects Arrested by Lawrence Detectives

One of the suspects in recent Lawrence Township burglaries spent over a decade in custody following his conviction for a robbery that resulted in the death of an 18-year-old woman in Trenton in 1999.

A man who was released from state prison last year after spending more than a decade in custody in connection with his role in the killing of a woman in Trenton is one of two suspects recently arrested by Lawrence Township detectives investigating .

Terrance J. Patterson, 36, of the 800 block of Southard Street, Trenton, and Harper Williams Jr., 49, of the 300 block of Mulberry Street, Trenton, were arrested in Hamilton Township, according to Lawrence Township police spokesman Lt. Mark Ubry, who noted that township detectives were assisted by Hamilton Township police.

Patterson and Williams were each charged with receiving stolen property as a result of their allegedly being found with items reported to have been stolen during the burglaries, Ubry said. Lawrence Township police anticipate filing additional charges against the pair, he said, adding that the two have been identified as suspects in similar crimes in Hamilton.

Some of the crimes for which Patterson and Williams are considered suspects by Lawrence police are the thefts of tools from: the Hub Leasing Inc. property in the 2800 block of Route 1; the CM Worrall Inc. property in the 2600 block of Business Route 1; a contractor’s vehicle parked outside the Comfort Inn in the 3200 block of Route 1; and a pickup truck belonging to an employee of Superior Chevrolet on Renaissance Boulevard.

Ubry said Harper’s vehicle was impounded by police at the time of his arrest.

The investigation is being continued by Lawrence Township Detectives Kevin Reading Jr., James Smith, Robert Potter and Dave Dalle Pazze and Detective Sgt. Joseph Amodio. Anyone with information about the crimes is asked to call police at (609) 896-1111.

According to published news accounts, Patterson was one of four men who approached two women to ask for marijuana in Lamberton Street Park in Trenton in June 1999 but then beat and robbed the women of their purses. When one of the women, 18-year-old Rakeache Denard, tried to run away, she was fatally shot in the back.

The shooter, Tyrone Davis, pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter, while Patterson and the two other men pleaded guilty to robbery as part of a deal made with prosecutors, according to published accounts. Other charges against Patterson and the others – including homicide – were dropped as part of that plea agreement.

State Department of Corrections records show that Patterson was sentenced in February 2003 to a maximum of 14 years but, with time previously served while in Mercer County custody, was released from state prison in May 2011 after serving the mandatory minimum sentence of 11 years, 10 months, and 22 days.



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Lynden Arden November 30, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Between the mugshots of thugs, the smoke and fires it appears Lawrence Twp is a war zone. Take a look at the other local patch sites and see the difference.
Anne December 01, 2012 at 02:47 PM
No... It just means Lawrence has a really good reporter... Other Patches don't report all of the news, only what they want you to see...
Lynden Arden December 01, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Reporting is one thing. Where is the editorial discretion?
T B December 01, 2012 at 08:49 PM
The patch does a GREAT job keeping the people of Lawrence up to date on everything.
Sanriobaby December 02, 2012 at 10:29 PM
This town is increasingly becoming a big crime zone. Between the robberies, the drug/prostitution at the motels on Rt1, I wonder what else is going to happen here. This creep is just another example that violent criminals should NEVER be released from prison. They don't get rehabilitated. They just find other criminals to trade "insider secrets" on how to try and avoid getting caught the next time. Now that he is in custody, I wonder if the prosecuter will allow him to plead out for lesser time. I hope not....


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